Oral history of British science
Higton, Dennis (Part 21 of 24). An Oral History of British Science.
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Interviewee’s home, Shrewton, Salisbury
Higton, Dennis, 1921-2012 (speaker, male)
Lean, Thomas (speaker, male)
Part 21: Comments on value of boffins in service use of carrier aircraft: developing operating procedures; catapult trials at Bedford and sea trials; limitations of British catapults. [03:25] Remarks on: limited DH involvement with carrier aircraft whilst in London; reasons DH might visit Whitehall, such as service dates; issues with the Hawk, change in production of aircraft; aircraft firm considerations; increased costs of modern aircraft; [07:50] financial considerations of aircraft production; anecdote about a friend always demanding equipment meet specification; anecdote about profitable modifications to Hawk for American service; DH previous involvement with Hawk sale to US whilst in Washington, anecdote about DH helping check language of contracts; anecdote about Wayson Turner telling him about knowledge of problems with Swift. [12:38] Remarks on: DH responsibilities in financial matters with aircraft companies; individuals in organisation under DH as DGAP; need for careful use of language; American practices for meeting requirements; [16:48] summary of purpose of DGAP, with reference to earlier problems on Sea Vixen; [19:45] DH enjoyment of post as DGAP. [20:00] Further comments on duties of DGAP: increased sophistication of aircraft; dangers of flight; DH travels to other aircraft sites, such as in Munich; questions over economics of aircraft production.
Interview with aeronautical engineer Dennis Higton.